Bethlehem by segway … just my style

June 11th, 2010 posted by Kim Lilly

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Lately I’ve been thinking about all the really cool old buildings throughout Lehigh Valley and how many of them are in the cities. Bethlehem is a perfect example, with its rich Morvaian background and industrial roots. But how can you appreciate the history of the 1744 Single Sisters’ House as you drive by it in a car? You can’t! And I’m too lazy to walk, so that means I’ll never get to really enjoy the local history, right? Well, that’s where Segway of Lehigh Valley comes in.

I had never ridden a segway before, but that wasn’t a problem; before heading out on the streets, I watched a safety video on how to use a segway and then had time to practice right there in the Segway showroom (in the heart of Southside Bethlehem).

Driving a segway is pretty easy: lean forward to go forward, lean back to go back, turn the right handle to go right, turn the left handle to go left. The only problem I had was I kept trying to “give it gas” by turning the right handle, which is how motorcycles are set up, so I turned right a lot. Ha ha!

Segway Bob and a woman from Historic Bethlehem Partnership led us on our tour along the old Bethlehem Steel property in south Bethlehem and then up to north “historic” Bethlehem. We drove on sidewalks, over bridges, on gravel paths, on cobblestones – segways are surprisingly smooth, regardless of the terrain. And traffic was even polite enough to wait patiently as we scooted through a crosswalk or two.

We stopped here and there throughout the route for our guide to reveal historic nuggets of info about the buildings we saw and just the city in general, which was just what I was looking for … all the info of a walking tour without the work!

Does this sound like something you would do?

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